New & Noteworthy Books

New Books from Independent & University Presses

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Posted on December 16, 2010


Beauties coverBeauties

Fiction by Mary Troy

BkMk Press, December 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-886157-74-3

Paperback: 368pp; $16.95

Winner of the Best Books 2010, Literary Novel award.


The Book Bindery coverThe Book Bindery

Zine by Sarah Royal

Microcosm Pub, December 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-934620-84-7

Paperback: 96pp; $5.00

Sarah Royal spent some time working in a Chicago book bindery. From the get-go, she dispels any of our illusions of book-making fantasy, "It's a glorified Kinko's..." and gives us a guided tour of her work and co-workers.


Cloud of Ink coverCloud of Ink

Poetry by L.S. Klatt

Univ of Iowa Press, March 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-58729-971-1

Paperback: 84pp; $17.00

Winner of the 2010 Iowa Poetry Prize.


For Enid With Love coverFor Enid With Love

A Festschrift

Collection Edited by Barry Wallenstein

NYQ Books, October 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-935520-12-2

Paperback: 177pp; $16.95

"A gathering of essays, poems and recollections to the memory of poet, scholar, teacher, and political activist, Enid Dame (1943-2003)."


A Good Long Way coverA Good Long Way

Children's/YA Fiction by Rene Saldana, Jr.

Piñata Books, October 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-55885-607-3

Paperback: 128pp; $10.95

"In Rene Saldana, Jr.'s new book, A Good Long Way, the lives of three teens growing up on the Texas-Mexico border are revealed in short, affecting scenes.


The History of Violets coverThe History of Violets

Poetry by Marosa Di Giorgio

Translated from the Spanish by Jeannine Marie Pitas

Ugly Duckling Presse, November 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-933254-70-8

Paperback: 87pp; $15.00

"Originally published in 1965, The History of Violets twists the familiar face of a family farm, populating the fields and grounds with gods, monsters, and a whole 'foamy army' of extras. With disarming grace, these poems leave the reader swirling about, among the flowers, where no one is safe."


Horizontal Surfaces coverHorizontal Surfaces

Nonfiction by George Bowering

BookThug, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-897388-71-6

Paperback: 93pp; $18.00

A new title in BookThug's Department of Critical Thought Series.


Invisible Strings coverInvisible Strings

Poetry by Jim Moore

Graywolf Press, March 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-55597-581-4

Paperback: 104pp; $15.00

"Brief, jagged, haiku-like, Jim Moore's poems in Invisible Strings observe time moving past us moment by moment."


Mapmaking coverMapmaking

Poetry by Megan Harlan

BkMk Press, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-886157-77-4

Paperback: 66pp; $13.95

Selected by Sidney Wade as the Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry.


Pickled Dreams Naked coverPickled Dreams Naked

Poetry by Norman Stock

NYQ Books, September 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-935520-30-6

Paperback: 105pp; $14.95

Molly Peacock writes, "Here is the Colossus of Queens, performing a dark stand-up of the heart that is at once funny, pretense-puncturing, and profound."


Recipes from the Red Planet coverRecipes From the Red Planet

Fiction by Meredith Quartermain

BookThug, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-897388-65-5

Paperback: 127pp; $18.00

"Suppose fiction is a mansion of mirrors where narrative, setting and plot are characters, and suppose this castle is haunted by Martians constantly rearranging, reversing and translating its furniture of myths, fables and nursery rhymes."


Smiles of the Unstoppable coverSmiles of the Unstoppable

Poetry by Jason Bredle

Magic Helicopter Press, December 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0-9841406-1-9

Paperback: 76pp; $11.95

"[G]raceful insights about loneliness, relationships, and whale orgies."


There is Another Poem, In Which the News is Erased coverThere Is Another Poem,
In Which the News Is Erased

Chapbook by Zachary Harris

New Michigan Press, December 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-934832-28-8

Chapbook: 41pp; $9.00

Finalist in the Diagram/New Michigan Press 2010 chapbook contest.


Touch Wood coverTouch Wood

Poetry by Albert Mobilio

Black Square Editions, January 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-934029-16-9

Paperback: 96pp; $14.00

Cole Swenson writes, "The heir to Modernism at its most terse and most oblique, Mobilio works line and sound forcefully together, managing amazingly acrobatic moves."


Unbeknownst coverUnbeknownst

Poetry by Julie Hanson

Univ of Iowa Press, March 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-58729-964-3

Paperback: 84pp; $17.00

Winner of the 2010 Iowa Poetry Prize.


Zinesters' Guide to NYC coverZinester' Guide to NYC

the last wholly analog guide to NYC

Nonfiction by Ayun Halliday

Microcosm Pub, November 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-934620-46-5

Paperback: 256pp; $9.99

"A top-to-bottom, on-the-cheap, warts-and-all exploration of the city that never sleeps."


New & Noteworthy Books

Full list of new & noteworthy books received


December 16, 2010


Awkward 2, Ed. Jeffrey Dinsmore, Awkward Press



There Is Another Poem, In Which the News Is Erased and Rewritten, Zachary Harris, New Michigan Press


Children's/YA Fiction

A Good Long Way, Rene Saldana, Jr., Piñata Books



For Enid With Love, Ed. Barry Wallenstein, NYQ Books



Beauties, Mary Troy, BkMk Press

Recipes From the Red Planet, Meredith Quartermain, BookThug



2011 State of the World, The Worldwatch Institute , W.W. Norton & Co 

The Chainbreaker Bike Book, Shelley Lynn Jackson, Ethan Clark, Microcosm

Horizontal Surfaces, George Bowering, BookThug

A Reader's Companion to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, Peter G. Beidler, Coffeetown Press 

The Writer's Guide to Psychology, Carolyn Kaufman, Quill Driver Books 

Zinester' Guide to NYC, Ayun Halliday, Microcosm Pub



60 Textos, Sarah Riggs, Ugly Duckling Presse

Among Strangers I've Known All My Life, Sanford Fraser, NYQ Books 

Cloud of Ink, L.S. Klatt, Univ of Iowa Press

Cop Kisser, Steven Zultanski, BookThug

Earth Listening, Becky Sakellariou, Hobblebush Books

El Golpe Chileno, Julien Poirier, Ugly Duckling Presse

Everything So Seriously, Douglas Treem, NYQ Books 

Expedition, Arthur Vogelsang, Ashland Poetry Press

From the Box Marked Some Are Missing, Charles Pratt, Hobblebush Books

The History of Violets, Marosa Di Giorgio, Ugly Duckling Presse

Honeycomb, Carol Frost, TriQuarterly Books

Invisible Strings, Jim Moore, Graywolf Press

Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls, Erika Meitner, Anhinga Press

Mapmaking, Megan Harlan, BkMk Press

Nature, Mark Truscott, BookThug 

The Occasional Troubadour, Victor Coleman, BookThug 

Petrichor, Adam Hughes, NYQ Books 

Pickled Dreams Naked, Norman Stock, NYQ Books 

Smiles of the Unstoppable, Jason Bredle, Magic Helicopter Press

This Time We Are Both, Clark Coolidge, Ugly Duckling Presse

Touch Wood, Albert Mobilio, Black Square Editions

Unbeknownst, Julie Hanson, Univ of Iowa Press

A Walk in Victoria's Secret, Kate Daniels, Louisiana State Univ Press

What Other Choice, Jeremy Halinen, Exquisite Disarray



The Book Bindery, Sarah Royal, Microcosm Pub

Confidential Mad Libs, Joe Biel, Microcosm Pub

Nine Gallons #2, Susie Cagle, Microcosm Pub 

Rad Dad #18, Ed. Tomas Moniz, Microcosm Pub